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Mermaid Cottage is a historic building – it has a story and is very much in the heart of the village. As a holiday house it is spacious and practical with a great location – being virtually on the beach at Gorran Haven.
In the 18th century it was the village pub, ‘The Ship’ and from its windows Dickie Kingcup, the famous local smuggler looked out across the bay and organized drops of brandy casks off Dodman point, while the coastguard men sat in the Watchhouse further along the beach & wondered what the fishermen were doing. You’ve seen Poldark, think costumes and intrigue.
If you wish to re-live this, being right next door to the Mermaid beach café, you can plan your activities while gazing out to sea – over coffee and cake.
The front door is up four steep steps on Church Street, 15 metres from the sandy beach, (above the winter high tide mark).
You enter into the first floor hallway. The family shower room with toilet is on the left. This has been newly refitted this year and is to a very high standard.
On this floor are a double bedroom with white sleigh bed matching chest of drawers and wardrobe, dual aspect windows one looking over the beach, the otrher with window seat overlooking street (from above).
Twin bedroom also with dual aspect windows, one looking out to the sea.
A cast iron spiral staircase takes you down to the large, ground floor living area. At the beach end, this has two sofas, an armchair, 36 inch flat screen TV and DVD player. A large (opening) window looks out onto the beach slipway immediately outside.
The centre of the room has a fireplace and mantle with a log burner. At the dining end, there is a pine dining table seating 8 and beyond this a modern, fitted shaker-style kitchen at the far end. This kitchen is brand new, having been fitted this year.
The kitchen has ceramic hob and fitted oven, and microwave. There is a separate butler’s sink area and a dresser on the wall houses the chinaware.
The ground floor is tiled throughout with rugs.
Beyond the kitchen, there is a utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher and fridge freezer.
Beyond this (it’s a large floorplan), there is a games room with ping pong table and table football. This is good for entertaining teenagers and small children if it rains.
The top floor is reached up a second spiral staircase from the entrance hallway. This opens into a whole floor of upper bedroom. There’s a king size bed and a sitting area with sofa, armchair and coffee table next to an ornamental iron stove (not functional). TV & dvd player.
There is a folding single camp bed for use if required (by arrangement & extra charge).
This bedroom has three orginal sash windows that look straight out to sea over the beach. The floor is pine boards with rugs.
The large en-suite bathroom has an original free-standing enamel bathtub, toilet with high level cistern and pedestal basin. A window overlooks Church Street.
There is a fitted folding baby gate at the top of both staircases.
The house has central-heating transmitted through old cast iron radiators.
This cottage maintains many of its original features but as such, is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems - the spiral staircase is quite steep. Toddlers would also have problems and would need to be very carefully supervised at all times.
As with all these fishermen's cottages, there is no parking although bags can be unloaded by stopping outside the front door on arrival. The village car park about 200ms away and is payable separately (currently £24 per week)
Mermaid Cottage is directly above the beach and in Winter the waves can lash the windows. You can lie in bed and hear the sea. Gorran Haven beach is loved by families - local and visiting - during all the lovely Cornish seasons.
In the Summer school holidays the beach is quite busy, especially when the tide comes in. However, there is an old fashioned, really enjoyable atmosphere. Children have been digging dams in the stream for generations. The village itself has an excellent fish and chip shop and a general stores and bakery. There is also a good local pub, The Barley Sheaf in Gorran Churchtown - a 15 minute walk for those who want to sample our local beers.
From Gorran Haven you can walk to Vault beach and onwards to Hemmick beach; this area is perfect for walkers especially off-season when the flora and fauna are at their best. The beautiful unspoilt beaches of the Roseland Peninsula are within a short drive. The fishing village of Mevagissey is 10 mins drive away or a few hours walk along the coastal path. Further afield is the Eden Project (30 minutes drive) and The Lost Gardens of Heligan (15 minutes drive). This is a great base for discovering the local sights or alternatively going no further than the beach on your doorstep!
- Parking - on-street
- Washing machine
- Ironing board
- Bed linen provided
- DVD player
- Ping pong table
- Kitchen utensils provided
- Wood stove
- Central heating
- Towels provided
- Beach view
- Ocean view
- Sea view
- Cinemas/movie theaters
- Water sports
- Wild life viewing
- Rock climbing
- Horseback riding
30 Mar - 6 Apr
6 Jul - 13 Jul
6 Apr - 27 Apr
13 Jul - 31 Aug
27 Apr - 11 May
31 Aug - 7 Sep
11 May - 25 May
7 Sep - 14 Sep
25 May - 1 Jun
14 Sep - 21 Sep
1 Jun - 15 Jun
21 Sep - 19 Oct
15 Jun - 29 Jun
19 Oct - 2 Nov
29 Jun - 6 Jul
2 Nov - 28 Mar'20